The Social Justice Institute (SJI) at Case Western Reserve University is inviting applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in social justice. This position will be mentored by SJI’s faculty co-directors Ayesha Bell Hardaway, JD, and Mark Chupp, PhD. This fellowship will focus on developing the next generation of social justice leaders and will emphasize self-reflection and discernment, evidence-based research, mentoring, and community building.
The fellowship will focus on the goal of developing evidence-based practices and influencing policy, through one or more of the following types of community-based participatory research (to be determined based on the interests and experience of the selected candidate):
- Collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data in order to develop user-friendly, community-accessible research databases focused on issues of equity and inclusion, including: disparities within the criminal legal system; police misconduct, disciplinary decisions, and police use of deadly force; reproductive rights advocacy; and environmental justice.
- Conducting research on methods and interventions that strengthen democracy and voter engagement, including: collaboration with a local group that documents official government meetings; a focus on disenfranchised workers; and promoting dialogue and public engagement in local decisions.
- Using our strong expertise in community building, advance applied research in authentic community engagement that fosters mutual trust and partnerships within local, historically marginalized neighborhoods, facilitating resident participation through training scholarships and stipends, including improving measures of social capital and the collective efficacy of neighborhoods and of neighborhood-institutional partnerships as co-producers of thriving communities.
- Advancing the development of best practices in engaging academic, government, and philanthropic partners, as well as community members and other relevant community stakeholders, to participate with direct and meaningful engagement to better understand and work to address social justice issues and opportunities, resulting in:
- Strengthening community relationships and the ties between the university and community;
- Ensuring that the university’s social justice activities are aligned with and addressing the needs of our Greater Cleveland community;
- Increasing the visibility of our local community as a champion of social justice; and
- Building the reputation of our community-academic partnership as a model worthy of national benchmarking and replication.
Fellows will actively participate in dissemination of institute research and evaluation findings, possibly including: the production of briefs, policy statements, training protocols, webinars, and in high-quality peer-reviewed outlets. Additional responsibilities may include data management, grant writing, and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.
If there is interest, fellows may also be considered to teach SJUS 100: Introduction to Social Justice or an elective special topics course
Applicants should either 1) be working toward a doctoral degree that will be conferred by the anticipated position start date or 2) hold a PhD or equivalent (such as a JD) in a field related to social justice such as sociology, law, social work, or public health. Applicants’ PhD or equivalent should have been conferred within the last five years. Applicants should have experience working with mixed-method analysis, multidisciplinary research, and community engaged research.
The successful candidate will have the capacity to establish and maintain research partnerships with community stakeholders; must be self-motivated and adaptive to pivots in research needs; will be able to work with minimal supervision; and must communicate respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds.
Interested applicants should submit the following in PDF format, to email@example.com:
- a cover sheet with contact and biographical information,
- a statement of interest encompassing qualifications and research interests,
- an up-to-date curriculum vitae,
- three professional references (one of which should be the applicant’s dissertation advisor, if applicable), and
- a publication or writing sample.
Applications will be accepted immediately and on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The anticipated appointment starting date September 1, 2022, with funding guaranteed for a term of one year with opportunity for renewal of the position for an additional year. Though possible, further employment is not guaranteed. Finalists may be asked to travel to CWRU for in-person interviews. Travel may be partially or fully subsidized.
The salary and benefits for this position are consistent with Case Western Reserve University’s salary structure as consistent with the current NIH National Research Service Award scale. Further benefits include membership(s) in relevant professional societies and applicable license fees, travel and attendance to one to two professional conferences for dissemination of project findings, and attendance at professional development workshops as appropriate. As appropriate and consistent with university policy and the fellows’ interests and training needs, they may also be eligible to take advanced doctoral level courses in arts and sciences, psychology, public health, etc.
About the Social Justice Institute:
The Social Justice Institute strives to create a just world. For over a decade, we have examined the root causes of social injustice and developed innovative solutions by supporting creative research, scholarship, and pedagogy; social justice leaders on and off campus; and relationships within the university and into the community. We work to eradicate all systems of oppression by redistributing and expanding resources and opportunities while exalting human dignity. Our work is supported by a leadership team of ten individuals who bring the expertise of multiple disciplines within CWRU as well as the broader community.
Equal Opportunity and Diversity:
In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.